Modernism + Film: Unrest

Thursday September 28

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6:00 PM  –  8:00 PM

A film of immense delicacy and precision, Cyril Schäublin’s complexly woven timepiece, Unrest, is set in the hushed environs of the Swiss watchmaking town of Saint-Imier in the 1870s. In this unlikely place, a youthful Pyotr Kropotkin, who would become a noted anarchist and Socialist philosopher, experiences a quiet revolution, finding himself inspired by the buzzing activity of the town’s denizens. These include the photographers and cartographers surveying its people and land, the growing anarchist collective at the local watermill raising funds for strikes abroad, and the organizing workers at the watch factory, whose craft is depicted with exacting detail and devotion. Schäublin’s abstracted, geometric visual approach reinforces the singularly contemplative nature of his project: this is a film about time—its tyranny as well as its comforts—and how it relates to work, leisure, and the larger processes that shape history. 

About the Film
93 minutes
Cyril Schäublin
Content Rating:
Not Rated
Drama / History
Swiss-German, French, Russian with English Subtitles

Tickets are $8 members, $10 nonmembers, and $5 with valid school I.D. Cash bar available in the Bechtler lobby starting at 5:00 PM followed by the film screening in the Knight Theater at 6 PM. Purchase tickets online at or call 704.353.9209.

Firebird, Curator's Circle, and Director's Circle Members receive complimentary admission to all public programs including Jazz at the Bechtler, Music and Museum, and Modernism + Film. 

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